ICC World Twenty20, 10th Match, Group A: England v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 23, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 10th match, Group A
India won by 90 runs
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
23 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Irfan Pathan to do a Shane Watson: opening the batting, opening the bowling. Not quite with the same impact, people will agree. Craig Kieswetter will take first strike. Alex Hales is his batting partner. One slip in

"Why is everyone obsessed with overrate & time? Do people have a plane or train or bus to catch? The longer the game goes, the better as one can enjoy and have a couple of drinks more!!" Raghu M, I thought the USP of this hit-and-giggle format was that it was fast-paced. Anyway, we are back with the chase


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length, accurate, slight shape back in, defended to mid-off


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, CK walks down, Pathan stays short of a length, pushed to square leg. That's 8 balls for no runs for CK in this tournament


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, stays short of a length, no room, defended again - nine balls, zero runs for CK this tournament. Add to that a missed stumping


Pathan to Kieswetter, 1 run, he is finally off the mark, and hoe desperately. Gets width here, but drives it just to the right of straight extra cover. CK is gone for all money, dives desperately, but Yuvraj misses the stumps


Pathan to Hales, 1 wide, this one swings down the leg side, and is called a wide


Pathan to Hales, no run, short of a length, no room, hit to cover


Pathan to Hales, OUT, timber. Slogs at thin air. Pathan pitches it up, swings it just enough, and Hales has swung at it in an ungainly manner. No contact made, and the middle stump is flattened out

AD Hales b Pathan 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/1 (169 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.89)

    • C Kieswetter 1 (4b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-2-1

So another poor first over for England. Luke wright is the new man in, but CK is on strike. Balaji to bowl to him


Balaji to Kieswetter, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, then gets it to leave him against the angle. Left alone


Balaji to Kieswetter, no run, full, on off, driven back to him


Balaji to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length, angling in, nearly dragged on like in the first game, but he is safe this time


Balaji to Kieswetter, SIX, long half-volley on the pads, and CK has taken full toll. Straight and over mid-on, lovely timing, good follow through, and the high elbow for the cameras. India hit their first six in the 20th over


Balaji to Kieswetter, FOUR, short of a length, wide, CK moves forward and across, and drives it on the up, between cover and cover-point


Balaji to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length, angling in, pushed to midwicket

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 12/1 (159 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.83)

    • C Kieswetter 11 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 0 (0b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-2-1

Wright to take strike for the first time


Pathan to Wright, no run, short of a length, moving back in, gets an inside edge onto his pad


Pathan to Wright, no run, nice delivery, swinging in, short of driving length, pushed back to him


Pathan to Wright, SIX, Wright is continuing from where he left it the other night. This one is floated wide, doesn't swing back, and Wright shimmies down to loft it over mid-off. Lovely connection

Dhoni comes up to the stumps now. No pace to keep the batsmen inside the crease


Pathan to Wright, OUT, That doesn't look right. Just doesn't. Short ball, no swing, hits him high on the thigh, and he is given. Possibly pitched outside leg, possible edge onto it, possibly going over the stumps. That had too many doubts with it. It's a brave decision all right, and it is right too. Pitched just inside the line, stayed low, no edge, hitting the top of leg

LJ Wright lbw b Pathan 6 (7m 4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Eoin Morgan is the new man in. The keeper is back now


Pathan to Morgan, no run, Morgan charges first ball, and is beaten by the swing. Nowhere near that one


Pathan to Morgan, no run, short of a lenght, accurate, stays low, Morgan gets the bat down just in time

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 18/2 (153 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.00)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (2b)
    • C Kieswetter 11 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-8-2
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0

Dinda to bowl now


Dinda to Kieswetter, no run, short, wide, punched away, straight to cover-point


Dinda to Kieswetter, 1 run, short and wide again, cut away, but the third man is really square, and keeps them down to one


Dinda to Morgan, 1 run, bouncer, sharp, 132ks, in his face, gets Morgan to top-edge it, but it doesn't carry to the deep man on the leg side


Dinda to Kieswetter, SIX, that's smacked away. Lashed away. No respect shown to the quick. Just plonks the front foot down, and drives this short-of-a-length delivery for a flat six over extra cover


Dinda to Kieswetter, FOUR, more crash-bang-wallop. Short of a length again, this time CK opens the front leg and slogs this between mid-on and midwicket


Dinda to Kieswetter, no run, sharp bouncer, 136ks, outside off, and CK pulls out of the shot

End of over 4 (12 runs) England 30/2 (141 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 8.81)

    • C Kieswetter 22 (15b 2x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (3b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-12-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-8-2

"Dhoni calls Zak the Sachin of India's bowling and promptly drops him next match - sending a subtle message?" Ravi, that is not subtle at all, if you know what I mean. Irfan to bowl his third over now


Pathan to Morgan, 1 run, length ball, angling in, beats the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

Keeper comes up, so does third an. Mid-off goes back


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length, outside off, late-cut straight to short third man


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, swinging down the leg side, flicks the pad on the way, they don't go for the leg-bye


Pathan to Kieswetter, FOUR, short of a length, well down leg, and with the keeper, all he needs is a tickle. Dhoni gets a glove to it, but it would be really harsh to call it a drop


Pathan to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length, outside off, coming back in, pushed to cover


Pathan to Kieswetter, FOUR, nicely played. The third man is up, he gets the width, opens the face late, and places it between Dhoni and short third man

End of over 5 (9 runs) England 39/2 (132 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 8.80)

    • C Kieswetter 30 (20b 4x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (4b)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-17-2
    • AB Dinda 1-0-12-0

"I can already see the merit of 4 bowler theory from the way Balaji and Dinda has started off.I can bet my bottom $$ that Yuvi/Raina/Kohli/Rohit combination will concede less runs than any 5th bowler India will/may field." George, you can't blame Dhoni for the squad picked by the selectors, can you? Anyway, here is Harbhajan Singh


Harbhajan Singh to Morgan, no run, Morgan leaves the crease first ball, is beaten in the flight, kicks it away

One slip in place


Harbhajan Singh to Morgan, OUT, We've been expecting you, Mr Singh. And is he fired up? Bowls the quick arm ball, Morgan goes back to cut. Poor choice. Like patting a burning cat. That has squeezed under his bat to knock the middle stump out. Harbhajan is pumped

EJG Morgan b Harbhajan Singh 2 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Jonny Bairstow is the new man in. A slip still in


Harbhajan Singh to Bairstow, no run, and an appeal for a stumping. The doosra here, slow in the air, dipping at him, Bairstow is tentative in defence, the ball beats the outside edge, Dhoni breaks the wicket, but JB has not left the crease for even a moment


Harbhajan Singh to Bairstow, no run, short of a length, flat, quick, pushed to midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Bairstow, no run, offbreak now, turning into the pads, defended to leg


Harbhajan Singh to Bairstow, no run, beaten on the sweep, but he has got himself outside the line. Yet another wicket-maiden. This tournament has had a few

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 39/3 (132 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.42)

    • JM Bairstow 0 (4b)
    • C Kieswetter 30 (20b 4x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-1-0-1
    • IK Pathan 3-0-17-2

Chawla to bowl now


Chawla to Kieswetter, 1 run, worked into the on side for one

Slip in for Chawla too


Chawla to Bairstow, 1 run, premeditated sweep, gets a single to long leg


Chawla to Kieswetter, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one


Chawla to Bairstow, no run, low full toss, hit nicely, but straight to extra cover


Chawla to Bairstow, no run, short, wide, but it skids through to beat the cut


Chawla to Bairstow, OUT, poor batting. Doesn't read the googly, goes for the big slow sweep, leaves him a gate big enough for a train to squeeze through, and is bowled. Fair to stay Jonny is not quite as comfortable against spin as he is against pace

JM Bairstow b Chawla 1 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 42/4 (129 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.92)

    • C Kieswetter 32 (22b 4x4 2x6)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-1-0-1

Harbhajan Singh to Kieswetter, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, nicely late-cut past slip for two

Slip comes out


Harbhajan Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed for one to cover

Jos Buttler to face now


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, 2 runs, short of a length again, run past slip by Buttler this time, gets two again

Kohli at slip goes wide


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, no run, flighted, slow through the air, defended back


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, no run, doosra, and he hasn't read it at all. Tentative push again, and lucky not to edge it


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, FOUR, reverse-sweep. That counters Harbhajan for the moment. Flighted outside off, and he gets it past the wide slip. Middled

Obvious to note that Harbhajan has been much slower than the Harbhajan who was dropped. Also the line has not been middle and leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 51/4 (120 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 10.00)

    • JC Buttler 6 (4b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 35 (24b 4x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-1-9-1
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-1

Chawla to Kieswetter, OUT, Oh England. They are coming apart against spin again. Chawla tosses up, gets a legbreak to turn for a change, Kieswetter drives on the up. He is nowhere close to the ball, and has allowed it enough time to turn away and take a thick edge. Sharp catch by Kohli at slip

C Kieswetter c Kohli b Chawla 35 (38m 25b 4x4 2x6) SR: 140.00

I'll be surprised to Balaji or Dinda bowl another over. Expect spin, spin, spin, and more spin. In comes Bresnan


Chawla to Bresnan, no run, flighted on off, pushed back to him


Chawla to Bresnan, no run, tossed up legbreak, thrown up wide too, Bresnan drives, and is beaten


Chawla to Bresnan, no run, it's the googly, Chawla is loving it. Huge appeal for lbw as Bresnan hasn't read it. But this is headed down leg


Chawla to Bresnan, no run, short of a length, angling down, Bresnan fails to make contact


Chawla to Bresnan, no run, flighted legbreak, Bresnan is tentative as he pushes, and is beaten comprehensively. Another wicket-maiden

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) England 51/5 (120 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 10.90)

    • TT Bresnan 0 (5b)
    • JC Buttler 6 (4b 1x4)
    • PP Chawla 2-1-3-2
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-1-9-1

Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, 1 run, short of a length, on off, goes deep into the crease, works it around the corner for one


Harbhajan Singh to Bresnan, no run, straighter one, Bresnan plays the forward-defensive


Harbhajan Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, quicker one, Bresnan pushes this wide of Harbhajan for one


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, no run, looks to reverse this, plays it straight to slip, on the bounce


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, 1 run, Kohli has nearly pulled off a blinder here. Quick delivery, Buttler looks to punch it, Kohli anticipates and moves wide with the shot, but the edge is too sharp for him to hold on to


Harbhajan Singh to Bresnan, OUT, England are falling apart faster than a cookie under Steve Waugh's book. Bresnan might well have read the Hindi scrip better than he has read spin tonight. Finally brings out the sweep, and limply top-edges it to deep square

TT Bresnan c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 1 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 54/6 (117 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 11.70)

    • JC Buttler 8 (7b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-1-12-2
    • PP Chawla 2-1-3-2

Five over of spin, four wickets, 15 runs, and here is captain Braod


Chawla to Broad, 2 runs, a low full toss, and he dinks it fine with a paddle sweep


Chawla to Broad, 1 run, full, outside off, pushed wide of point


Chawla to Buttler, no run, another poor shot. Tweets before the ball that he is going to play the paddle. Chawls has seen the tweet, and bowls it full and wide. Toe-ends it up in the air, but it is safe


Chawla to Buttler, no run, full again, pushed to cover-point


Chawla to Buttler, 2 runs, pre-meditated reverse this time, gets a bottom edge that bounces into the pitch, and over slip


Chawla to Buttler, 1 run, short of a length, driven to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 60/6 (111 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 12.33)

    • JC Buttler 11 (11b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (2b)
    • PP Chawla 3-1-9-2
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-1-12-2

Harbhajan to bowl out


Harbhajan Singh to Buttler, OUT, not sure I have seen worse batting against spin ever. They are making up their mind what shot to play even before the bowler is starting to run towards the stumps. Buttler backs away early, Harbhajan stays on a length and just outside off, and then breaks through under the bat, which is playing a nothing shot

JC Buttler b Harbhajan Singh 11 (16m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

Just a reminder, 88 is England's lowest Twenty20 total. That's in serious danger


Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, sharp offbreak, Swann keeps it out


Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, length ball, turning in, pushed to midwicket

"So, the deadly ( two and a half ?) duo, Sid, has done the damage." I told you, Anees. I can do no wrong nowadays


Harbhajan Singh to Swann, OUT, oh what is happening here? A procession. They are batting as if wearing those glasses you get at 3d movies. No attempt to read spin, although you can't blame Swann when the top order has failed miserably. Dances down the wicket, walks past a doosra, and is stumped by a mile

GP Swann st †Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Harbhajan Singh to Finn, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back

Slip, gully, silly point, backward short leg. Even Fin has a smile on. Good to see he can see the funny side


Harbhajan Singh to Finn, no run, length ball, on off, turns in slightly, defended

4-2-12-4. That's not half bad for somebody who last bowled for India last August

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) England 60/8 (111 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 13.87)

    • ST Finn 0 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (2b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-2-12-4
    • PP Chawla 3-1-9-2

Dinda comes back. That should provide some repsite


Dinda to Broad, OUT, Respite? What respite? Dinda bowls short, Broad pulls, and finds deep midwicket to perfection. He could have picked that fielder out had it been a nail in haystack

SCJ Broad c Gambhir b Dinda 3 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

England's lowest total now looks just a formality. They look certain to beat that mark of 88, but the lowest ever looks under threat too - 67, better watch out. Dernbach to face now


Dinda to Finn, FOUR, backs away and pulls, goes wide of deep midwicket, gets a four


Dinda to Finn, 1 run, backs away and pulls again, gets a single to mid-on


Dinda to Dernbach, FOUR, backs away and hits a short ball over extra cover. He just swung and hoped for the best, but gets the runs. They have now gone past the lowest total of all time


Dinda to Dernbach, FOUR, that's effective. Follows him with the short ball, and he gets some glove to lob it over the keeper


Dinda to Dernbach, 1 run, shot. Makes room, gets a length ball, chips it over point

End of over 13 (14 runs) England 74/9 (97 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.69, RRR: 13.85)

    • JW Dernbach 9 (3b 2x4)
    • ST Finn 5 (4b 1x4)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-26-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-2-12-4

"So now, how do you drop Harbhajan to bring back Ashwin? or for matter Chawla? Oh yeah! Dinda is getting hammered, so he can be dropped for Ashwin. Problem solved?" Rakesh, what is interesting is, will Dhoni now have the heart to play five bowlers in matches that matter? Anyway, Chawla to bowl out now. Two slips in place


Chawla to Dernbach, 1 run, pushed to long-on for one


Chawla to Finn, no run, flighted legbreak, beaten on the sweep. Somebody tell England, there is playing field in front of square too


Chawla to Finn, 1 run, short of a length, punched away to deep cover


Chawla to Dernbach, no run, full and straight, Dhoni collects it on a half-volley, goes for the stumping, but the third umpire tells Simon T that Dernbach dragged the back foot back in time


Chawla to Dernbach, 1 run, slider, worked away into the leg side for one

"This has to be the worst England T20 performance in years. Whatever has come over the team today?" Mark Kidger, a collective brain face. Panic. Pressure


Chawla to Finn, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-off

Chawla comes back with 4-1-13-2

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 78/9 (93 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 15.50)

    • ST Finn 7 (7b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 11 (6b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 4-1-13-2
    • AB Dinda 2-0-26-1

Yuvraj to bowl more spin. One slip in place


Yuvraj Singh to Finn, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-on for one


Yuvraj Singh to Dernbach, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven along and down the ground for one


Yuvraj Singh to Finn, no run, slow, slow offbreak, beaten comprehensively


Yuvraj Singh to Finn, OUT, it's all over. No third umpire required. Finn comes down the track, gets an inside edge and charges off. Short fine leg fires in the throw to catch Dernbach short

JW Dernbach run out 12 (11m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 171.42

Just coming in that India have jumped to No. 3 on ICC rankings while England have dropped to No. 2. South Africa are on top. Okay one final whinge about this format before I go. Because these matches are inconsequential, all teams that will be leading their groups - India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan - will be in the same group of super Eights, and all teams finishing second will be in one group. Anyway, thanks everybody for joining us for the live coverage of this game. We will be with you tomorrow too. I might stay back to listen to KP's analysis. That will be fun. Cheers

Presentation "Yeah it was poor," says Stuart Broad. "All round really. We were okay with 171, but India bowled really well. We weren't as efficient, but we were happy with 171. We played across the line too much. It was worth looking at playing one fewer spinner because we could afford to lose. I don't agree we can't play spin. Certainly in training. We have been learning. We have had a very bad day, but that doesn't affect the rest of the tournament. we get onto the bus, and play out Super 8s. It doesn't change where we go."

"It was an efficient performance," says MS Dhoni. "People might say we were slow for the first 15, but we were not over-aiming. We had five bowlers, we knew that. It was a difficult decision, but we requested the seniors to rest so that we could pick the best XI. And we opened with Irfan because he is a gutsy player. He may not look pretty, but he responds to the call. Now we have got a problem of plenty with spinners with both of them doing well today. About Rohit, it is important if guys are responding to give them a few extra games. Yes, we have got dififcult decisions to make. Not to forget that the players who missed out today have won a lot of games for India on their own."

Harbhajan Singh is back as MoM He says: "It's been a hard year. Being out of the side. Other boys were doing really well, so it was really difficult for me to make a comeback. For me it was an important game. I hadn;t played international cricket for a full year. Getting a wicket first or second ball gives you a lot of confidence. This award is for my mom and those who have stuck with me. In T20 cricket, it's important to just read the game. I have tried to cut down my run-up a bit. I was running in too fast, and struggling to find my areas. So I was consciously coming in off a short run, and slowly. This India short is everything for me. I don;t know what I would do if not playing for India. I would like to thank the Essex people too."

So that's England's lowest Twenty20 total, India's biggest win and England's biggest loss. Absolutely shambolic performance against spin. I get a feeling they were wary of spin right from the start of the innings, which should explain their desperate eagerness to hit the quicks out of the ground. Not only did they lose wickets to those quicks, they completely imploded against spin. And let it be noted that this was not a square turner. The surface can hardly be blamed

On the other side of the coin, Harbhajan is being welcomed back to the side with huge hugs from Zaheer, Yuvraj and Sehwag among others. Harbhajan is a relieved man with figures of 4-2-12-4. India were not spectacular with the bat, but they did enough, especially towards the end. A lesson for Dhoni here is that fresh faces can sometimes bring some new energy to the side, a case in point being India's eight straight failures in Tests in Australia with the same batting line-up and the same order






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